I’m at Alex’s today revealing my best moments star guiding.
Autumn Star Gazing
Last week in the high desert was perfectly beautiful, almost 70 everyday and crystal clear skies. So my astronomizing friends decided to meet up at the observatory Saturday night. Great call since we were deprived of seeing anything other than clouds the last three weeks of September. One last hurrah before the long, long winter sets in.
Although there weren’t a lot of clouds, there was a lot of smoke.
Didn’t stop the paragliders or the sky from being blue.
Alien encounters at the summit and a message from the universe. Obviously the message fell off me earlier in the summer. But then I found it. Thanks for that, universe.
Some beautiful views.
It was a warm night with zero wind, which is really unusual for a mountain top. I had brought all of my winter thermals, but never put them on. We looked at star clusters, nebulae, and tons of galaxies. Lee was visiting from Vancouver, BC, and showed me some things I had never seen before – a rose near Cassiopeia, Van Gogh’s ear, and several galaxies.
We looked at a comet and Pluto in the big telescope. Although, it was hard to tell which dim, faint spec was Pluto. But I can say I saw it.
Everyone showed up – Eric, Tom, Gary, Jim, Alan, and Kent. It’s fun to teach the public, but it’s also fun to have all the toys to ourselves without the pressure of performing.
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Now come ninja it up at Alex’s.